The media theorist Marshall McLuhan once said, "I live right inside the radio when I listen," and as someone who spends his workdays at home alone, I know this all too well.
If you listen to radio, you know it's an intimate medium, and, no offense to my cat, for me, radio is an essential companion.
If you've ever known that feeling, even for a moment, then these three books might be on your wavelength.
Human Voices, by Penelope Fitzgerald, Paperback, 208 pages
Troy Patterson is the television critic at Slate and the film critic at Spin.